Iodine deficiency is a silent epidemic. Iodine is typically found in iodized table salt and in sea vegetables. In the American culture, we have decreased our use of table salt and eat almost no sea vegetables. As a result, there is an alarmingly high amount of Americans who unknowingly suffer from iodine deficiency.
Iodine is essential to life and especially crucial for brain development in children. It also plays a central role in healthy function of your thyroid gland.
Adding sea vegetables into your diet is a great way to boost your iodine intake without having to increase your sodium intake. In our house, I sprinkle dulse granules on many of our meals to ensure we are getting adequate iodine intake. I also use kombu when cooking beans or grains.